Deconstructing the Landscape Workshop

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I just returned from teaching a three-day oil painting workshop in Carthage, MO. The “Deconstructing the Landscape” workshop was successful because each of the participants were enthusiastic and willing to move out of their comfort zones.

Carthage, MO oil painting workshop students
L>R (standing): Larry Clingman, Jason Inman, Kristin Huke, John Mills, Jeffrey Jones, Cherry Babcock, Helen Kunze, Ron Lipe
L>R (seated): Cleda Curtis-Neal, Becky Golubski, Crystal Manning

Class members were encouraged to bring a landscape painting that they were struggling with and felt could be improved. 
Daily lectures and demonstrations dealt with selecting a concept for the painting, choosing the appropriate proportioned canvas…and organizing the subject matter elements on the canvas so that the concept was clearly communicated. We also addressed the importance of drawing, primarily focusing our attention on accurate representation of objects in perspective. We established and proved that the value structure of a painting determines and sets the mood…and finally, lessons in color helped each participant simplify (while also expanding) their knowledge and use of color.

Each lecture was backed up with examples or a demonstration. Class members then applied lessons learned in the creation of a totally new work, or a revision of their original. 

Some comments from workshop participants:

“The workshop was exceptional. It was rich in content and it seems the information will be life changing in my art journey. It’s sparked a new excitement in me.”

“You share your knowledge generously and with kindness. That puts your students at ease.”

“This was the best workshop…life changing on how to approach my next painting. Honest and constructive critiques. Very easy to understand – excellent teacher.”

“Thanks, John, I appreciate how well prepared and well thought out your presentation was. Stressing the basics was not only a good workshop, but taking a painting, which I found to be a failure, and making an improvement, taught me a great deal. Thanks.”

Special recognition and thanks go to Cherry Babcock, of Cherry’s Custom Framing and Art Gallery, for organizing the workshop…and to Precious Moments for hosting it. Thank you.

…and thank you to The Carthage Press for their front page report of the event.

If you would like to see what these workshops participants are talking about, here’s your chance. 
3-5 May – “Deconstructing the Landscape”
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